Actresses The Greatest '80s Teen Stars  

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List Rules Actors who were under 20 years old in 1980s films

The greatest teen stars of the '80s are well-remembered on this countdown. They were everywhere; they ruled the box office; they kept butts on the couch; and they took over the radio. The 80s actors and actresses that appeared on your locker door, your lunchbox, and even as dolls are recognized for the lasting impact they left on America. So, who's your favorite teen star from the 80s?

From Molly Ringwald to Matthew Broderick, this list of top 80s teen stars features everyone we've all come to love so much. Whether you're talking hit TV shows or classic 80s movies, these teens truly ruled the decade. Check them all out below and vote up your favorites.

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1
4,328 952
Michael J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Back to the Future, Teen Wolf, Family Ties

2
3,814 977
Molly Ringwald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink

3
3,867 1,170
Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon

4
2,860 1,310
Winona Ryder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, Beetlejuice, Mermaids

5
2,774 1,147
Ralph Macchio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, The Outsiders, The Karate Kid

6
2,849 929
Rob Lowe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire, The Hotel New Hampshire

7
2,927 1,080
Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Less Than Zero, The Pick-up Artist, Back to School

8
3,016 814
Emilio Estevez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, St. Elmo's Fire

9
2,610 1,190
Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Who's The Boss?

10
2,805 964
River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Little Nikita

11
2,386 758
John Cusack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Stand by Me, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything...

12
2,377 806
Matthew Broderick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
WarGames, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Glory

13
2,039 1,062
Ally Sheedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Breakfast Club, WarGames, Short Circuit

14
2,328 630
Kevin Bacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Animal House, Friday the 13th, Footloose

15
2,032 1,043
Demi Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
St. Elmo's Fire, One Crazy Summer, About Last Night...

16
2,197 1,082
Charlie Sheen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Platoon, Red Dawn

17
2,147 1,124
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Top Gun, Rain Man, The Outsiders

18
1,842 1,110
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Sahara, Endless Love, The Blue Lagoon

19
1,795 584
Kiefer Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added The Lost Boys, Stand by Me, Young Guns

20
2,100 999
Corey Feldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The Lost Boys, Gremlins

21
2,372 818
Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive

22
1,931 921
Matt Dillon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Native Son

23
2,050 670
Anthony Michael Hall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles

24
1,946 832
Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
First L added Married... with Children, Dance 'til Dawn, Grace Kelly

25
1,772 611
Jennifer Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn

26
1,716 833
Patrick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Can't Buy Me Love, Meatballs III: Summer Job

27
1,707 952
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Doogie Howser, M.D., Too Good to Be True

28
1,672 785
Andrew McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Class, The Beniker Gang

29
1,726 844
Phoebe Cates is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Heart of Dixie

30
1,582 622
Lea Thompson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful, Howard the Duck

31
1,343 962
Diane Lane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
National Lampoon's Movie Madness, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

32
1,337 355
Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Heathers, The Wizard, The Name of the Rose

33
1,189 404
Elisabeth Shue is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting

34
1,474 748
Jason Bateman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Teen Wolf Too, Moving Target

35
1,467 882
James Spader is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Pretty in Pink, Wall Street, Less Than Zero

36
1,487 954
Kirk Cameron is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Best of Times, Growing Pains

37
1,025 702
Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
wiabux added Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth

38
1,229 1,014
Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bad Boys, Colors

39
1,260 494
Sean Astin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Goonies, The War of the Roses

40
838 391
Wil Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added Stand by Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Flubber

41
983 609
Brad Pitt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
NfThrailkill added Cutting Class, The Dark Side of the Sun

42
1,224 707
Jon Cryer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Pretty in Pink, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Hiding Out

43
1,027 902
Justine Bateman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Mallory Keaton, Satisfaction

44
1,021 912
Ricky Schroder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Silver Spoons, Lonesome Dove

45
966 866
Jason Patric is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, The Beast

46
758 318
Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
slaft added True Lies, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda

47
1,175 770
Jennifer Jason Leigh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money

48
1,141 746
Jami Gertz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
The Lost Boys, Sixteen Candles, Endless Love

49
1,159 549
C. Thomas Howell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Outsiders, The Amazing Spider-Man

50
941 733
Mary Stuart Masterson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
Logan2011 added Some Kind of Wonderful, At Close Range